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MARC thanks community for support

The Marietta Area Recycling Center is thankful to the community for all of its support in 2021. Your help guided us to a full re-opening in June to our 24 hour/7 day a week schedule!

Although the first quarter of the year our activity was throttled back to being open part time, our activities started to pick up in April, when we kicked off the Marietta Earth Day Celebration with two new recycling events, one for Hard to Recycle Materials and the other, Recycling Day for Children. The Hard to Recycle Materials Event was a joint event sponsored by the Marietta Area Recycling Center, Rural Action, Athens Hocking Recycling Center and Peoples Bank and we collected a wide range of items from hard back books, textiles, medical equipment and mattresses to electronics and appliances that were all re-used, recycled or responsibly disposed. The Recycling Day for Children was a day where children brought a bag of recyclables and learned about each item and how it gets recycled as they played recycling trivia games at each station. It was great to see the next generation learning about recycling!

By mid-June, we reopened to our full 24/7 schedule. A cornerstone of MARC is that recycling needs to be as convenient and available to the public as possible to encourage recycling so reopening to our full schedule was an important goal in 2021. With the additional help of a grant from Dupont, we leased a new compactor for our plastics which enables us to load 2.5 times the plastics into a load. We were also this Fall able to re-gravel the parking lot with funding from Dupont along with hauling and graveling assistance from Pioneer Masonry Supply. Thank you!

As the economy re-opened, the secondary materials market rebounded as mills were increasing production and wanting supplied with newspaper, cardboard and plastics. On the flip side, transportation costs sky rocketed with driver shortages and gasoline prices. The following businesses were sponsors of MARC this year to help cover haul costs: All Pro Nutrition, Colegate Woods Veterinary Hospital, Eye Care Associates of Marietta, Hall Financial Advisors, Marietta Adventure Company, Mattressmax, Peoples Bank, R.W. Miller Plumbing & Electric, Inc. and Two Peas & A Pod and Wilson Heating & Cooling. Thank you!

We also continue to accept plastic bags and plastic film because of the generous assistance of Mondo Polymers. They pick up these plastics along with plastics that do not compact well within our compacter. MARC plastics get recycled into guardrail blocks and tire chalks at Mondo. Thank you!

Tim Heiss hauls our aluminum and scrap metal and the Southeastern Ohio Joint Solid Waste District continues to provide trailers and haul our steel and green and blue glass. Thank you!

MARC is unique in that it is totally volunteer run and our volunteers handle on average 800 tons of materials a year. Even when we were open to the public only part time, volunteers were on site every day to help deal with the large influx on open days. Volunteers come no matter the weather to make sure that we can maintain the inflow, 365 days a year. This is no small task and so my sincere thanks to the following volunteers: Dee Baker, Emily Biondo (Peoples Bank), Brad Bond, Laura Bradley, Cindy Brown, Autumn Cooper (Peoples Bank), Lucas and Nevaeh Craft, Haiden English (Peoples Bank), Sandy George, Jim Grecni, Tim Heiss, Anita Kesterson, Jody Kohler and Jim Wright, John Line (Website), Adele Long, Kathy DesMarteaux, Don Murray, Mohammed Mubarek (Peoples Bank), Jennifer Naum, Tom O’Neil & Family, Sue Price, Bob Ritchey, Esther Salem, Glenn Santee, Rakibul Sarker, Raodet Sarker, Russ Schreiber, Tammy Schreiber, Jennifer Tinkler, Lori Tofaute, and Susan Wunderlich. We also have student volunteers through Marietta College’s Leadership Program which have been extremely helpful to MARC as follows: Maddy Aszalos, Shallyn Bradford, Laney Carpenter, Kya Forker, Alex Fries, Lucas Hornbeck, Lexi Jobe, Annabel Malone, Sarah Majorsky & the MC Gardening Club, Carter McCorkle, Trevor McNeil and Tyler Sydenstricker. Without this very loyal hardworking volunteer base, there would be no MARC and so I am extremely thankful for them.

The recyclers that come to MARC are also very helpful by following materials guidelines and sorting into appropriate containers so that volunteers can focus on review for contamination and packing for goal tonnage. Many also help by donating to MARC… so a big note of thanks for supporting the Recycling Center in these ways!

A reminder as we go into the holiday season that we accept paper (wrapping paper, office paper, newspaper, magazines and soft bound books), cardboard (flatten), steel, aluminum, green/clear/brown glass (bottle glass only), and #1, 2, 4 & 5 plastics (recycle triangle on bottom of container). Please sort into the designated totes/containers at the site as our volume exponentially increases during the season. If you have any questions on materials, visit our website at

mariettarecycling.org or our Facebook Page.

Would you like to volunteer? An hour a week can make a difference – Call Kathy Ortt at 740-373-3372.

Happy Holidays!

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